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Where Do You Get Your Inspiration?

Every. Single. Time.

The answer to the question, “How often do you look outside for inspiration?”; well, it’s my answer anyway.

And that’s just my point. Before I start putting words/thoughts to paper/digital paper, I always, without hesitation, look over my shoulder and peer outside, into the far-off distance, as if searching for something or someone to inspire me.

“Where do you get your inspiration?”
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For some of us, you may gain inspiration for your stories from people you know, people you’ve met, things you’ve seen, experiences you’ve had, or any other list of wonderful combinations we tend to gather from our own lives.

As time goes on, however, our experiences often diminish. We find ourselves moving towards the ‘Empty’ side of the mental fuel gauge.

So where do we go from there?

Like I said; for me? It comes from looking at a number of things. But the one that always seems to ignite my mind and fuel my thoughts?

The Outdoors. Out there, in the big, bold world of beautiful blues and grassy greens, I find my own inspiration. I’m not sure what it is that does it, but I know cogs start moving as soon as I look out into the great, open Earth before me. Part of me thinks it is the calming nature (pardon the pun) of it all.

When I open my eyes and see the deep blue sky merging with subtle wisps of cloud, I feel my heart-rate slow to snail’s pace. I guess it might be the calming effects that nature is having on me as a whole, which kickstarts the creative juices, and gives me the urge to begin my writing.

My experience is just that; mine.
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You, reading this story, will no doubt have your own methods or places that encourage you to put words down on paper, and to express your thoughts with the world. And that’s great. I love that. I want more people to become aware of the things that inspire them, so that they may become inspired more often!

There is no doubt that this world could use more inspiration, and believe me when I say this, the world needs you, and your ideas.

We find that we can draw from our own experiences; those are often the best, because they are so vivid, real, passionate, and human.

Is there any doubt that these are the stories we most associate with?
How could we not?

They are real and actually happened to the writer.

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When I would read a piece of fiction, no matter how well written it is, a part of me doesn’t get the same feeling evoked from one of fact and real-life experience.

There is something visceral and raw about it, that just grips me; not just my head, but my heart too. Search your mind, and ask yourself which story has had the greatest impact on you, and I’m sure it will be something real, something that actually happened to another human being.

These are the stories that stay with us. And if it’s fiction? No matter. There are some of the greatest stories ever told, which fall into that category, and inspire generations to do something fantastic.

When you are looking for your next bout of inspiration, try to look to something or someone new, you never know what will come of it.

Don’t forget, our minds are the greatest story-telling devices in the world; feed them, give them something to work with, take them to places unknown, meet people whom you never would normally have met, share your ideas with others, and delve into new and exciting worlds.

Take yourself on an adventure. Be someone’s inspiration.
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